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2014 Reading Club Selection

The Chancellor's Reading Club selection for 2014 is The Other Wes More: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.

About the Author

Wes Moore is a youth advo­cate, Army com­bat vet­eran, social entre­pre­neur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Win­frey Net­work. His first book The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Jour­nal bestseller.

Born in 1978, Wes and his sis­ters were raised by their wid­owed mother. Despite early aca­d­e­mic and behav­ioral strug­gles, he grad­u­ated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity in 2001, where he also played foot­ball and earned a bachelor's degree in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, study­ing Inter­na­tional Rela­tions at Oxford University.

After his stud­ies, Wes, a para­trooper and Cap­tain in the United States Army, served a com­bat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion. Wes then served as a White House fel­low to Sec­re­tary of State Con­deleezza Rice. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica (IAVA), The Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, and founded an orga­ni­za­tion called STAND! that works with Bal­ti­more youth involved in the crim­i­nal jus­tice system.

Wes is com­mit­ted to help­ing the par­ents, teach­ers, men­tors, and advo­cates who serve our nations youth. A por­tion of all book pro­ceeds for The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates are being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy.

About the Selection

"Two hauntingly similar boys take starkly different paths in this searing tale of the ghetto... Moore writes with subtlety and insight about the plight of ghetto youth, viewing it from the inside out; he probes beneath the pathologies to reveal the pressures- poverty, a lack of prospects, the need to respond to violence with greater violence- that propelled the other Wes to his doom.  The result is a moving exploration of roads not taken."
-Publishers Weekly

Where to Find the Selection

Incoming freshmen will receive the reading selection from University College at First Steps.  Students are asked to read the book before Freshman Seminar begins in August. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates is an interesting read and sure to captivate the minds of learners.  If you did not receive a copy at First Steps, please notify your freshman seminar instructor via email or in person as soon as possible.  Students will only receive one complimentary copy of the book.

Reading Club Assignment

Entering freshmen, your initial Reading Club assignment is to:

  1. read chapters 1-8 of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates before September 9;
  2. self-reflect and process the similarities and differences experienced by each Wes Moore;
  3. review the discussion questions;
  4. be prepared to actively participate in various in-class discussions during your Freshman Seminar course.
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